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Summer may be on the wane in the Northern Hemisphere but there are still likely to be plenty of sunny days left before autumn digs its heels in. Despite most of us being fully away of the dangers of excess sun exposure I think we are less likely to be fastidious about applying our sun screen at this time of the year simply because the sun feels less intense than during the height of summer. However, the danger is still there because the slightly cooler temperatures tempt us into staying in full sun longer and the sun is far lower in the sky which means it’s still necessary to protect our skin from harmful UV rays and even more critical for our children.
So even though the days are becoming shorter we should still continue to persuade our children to stay in the shade as much as possible, between 10 am and 4 pm, on sunny days and, of course, make sure they are wearing sufficient sun screen because studies have shown that sunburn during childhood poses a higher risk of developing the deadliest type of skin cancer, melanoma.
So how can we protect our children?
Children need to play outside in order to reap the benefits of fresh air and essential Vitamin D, therefore taking a few precautions is just a matter of common sense. Rather than worrying about which particular brand of sunscreen to buy for your child, simply make sure that it is a high SPF, broad spectrum, water proof and applied thoroughly and frequently and you will be doing your absolute best to protect them whilst allowing them to enjoy sunshine in the UK and abroad .
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